Wednesday, 30 September 2015
Aromatherapy Associates has joined forces with Liberty London to create a beautifully scented, gorgeously packaged bath and shower oil that is designed to harness and encourage the incredible effects of mindfulness. The Clear Mind Bath & Shower Gel (£48.00, 55ml) features chamomile and frankincense, to sooth, calm and comfort you, and palmarosa and bergamot, to cleanse, balance and uplift you.
Monday, 28 September 2015
Price: from £24.00
I've always been slightly obsessed with natural and organic skincare, especially when it comes to products that deliver great results. So when natural skincare brand 1001 Remedies launched in the UK, I was excited to review its products. 1001 Remedies is a premium skincare brand that blends the alchemy of plant based formulas with cutting edge technologies. The London based brand was founded by Parisian-born Sofia Belcadi, who wanted to encourage women to choose clean beauty and opt for natural alternatives.
Sunday, 27 September 2015
The Promise: "Dermatologist-developed to make Clinique For Men daily care even more effective. Charcoal-grey brush head with more than 9,000 sonic vibrations per minute cleans more thoroughly than hand washing alone. Preps for a more comfortable shave. Skin looks and feels energized, vital"
The Price: £79.00 / $89.50
The Stockist: clinique.co.uk / Sephora
The Results: The Clinique For Men Sonic System Cleansing Brush is similar to the oh-so-popular Clarisonic but sleeker and very masculine. Like all cleansing brushes, the Sonic System is designed to deeply cleanse and exfoliate the skin. However it does offer some additional extras; antimicrobial technology to keep the bristles clean, a tilted head for accessing hard to reach areas and two tiers of bristles - a top section with firm dark grey bristles that deeply clean pores and a bottom section with light grey bristles for use on cheeks and sensitive areas of the face.
Friday, 25 September 2015
Question: I have a friend's birthday coming up and would love to treat her to a spa break, however they are crazy expensive! Do you have any advice on how to do this on a budget? - Kelsey, Charlotte, NC.
Answer: A spa day itself is expensive, let alone a spa break! However there are many ways you can cut costs, so don't worry!
The first thing to do is avoid planning a weekend spa break, as spa breaks are always more expensive between Friday and Sunday. Weekly spa breaks are the most affordable.
The next thing to do is discount hunt. Sign up to sites like Groupon and Wowcher to receive regular emails about the latest spa break offers and discounts. You should also proactively look for discounts online, as sites like lastminute.com (UK) and spaweek.com (US) offer big discounts on both spa days and spa breaks nationwide. A great tip is to call spas directly; they are normally prepared to negotiate their rates, as booking customers directly avoids paying commission to booking agents or discount sites.
Tuesday, 22 September 2015
Applying nail polish seems super easy, right? But many of us gals make mani mistakes, falling victim to chips or coats so thick that our fingerprint is permanently stamped into our nail if we dare to press against it to check it's dried. Luckily manicurist Michelle Class has shared her tips on achieving polish painting perfection....
Sunday, 20 September 2015
Price: £38.00 / $54.00
Stockists: urbandecay.co.uk / Sephora
When it comes to palettes, Urban Decay reign supreme. When the brand's Naked palette launched in 2010, the world was blessed with something it had never had before, an eye shadow palette in which every shade was wearable.
Thursday, 17 September 2015
The Promise: "NARS’ lash-catching brush evenly grips and coats lashes from roots to tips. Simultaneously separates, lengthens, and amplifies. Its tapered tip finishes off the inner and outer reaches of your imagination, while enhancing lower lashes"
The Price: £21.00 / $26.00
The Stockist: SpaceNK / Sephora
The Shades: Black
The Application: This mascara packs many great qualities, one being the easy and clean application it provides. When the wand is pulled out from its tube, it is coated with the perfect amount of mascara, keeping your eyelashes (and mascara tube) clump - and mess - free! The wand, designed with over 200 molded bristles and lengthening hooks, coats every single lash with just one stoke, separating and lengthening the lashes as it goes.
Tuesday, 15 September 2015
There are many lip plumpers on the market but do you know you can create the same effect with something much cheaper? The alternative is cinnamon leaf oil, a 10ml bottle costs around £4.00/$5.00 and the results are as amazing! Cinnamon leaf oil is a perfect natural lip plumper as it stimulates blood flow to the lips, enhancing their appearance. It's such an effective ingredient that it is actually included in a huge number of lip enhancing products.
Using it is simple, just dab a tiny amount into the lips and wait for the magic to happen. You can then apply lipstick or lip gloss as normal.
Monday, 14 September 2015
Quinoa is praised for the great number of health benefits it provides, however what makes this South American ingredient really special is its beauty benefits...
Natural or Synthetic: Natural
Origin: Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a species of the goosefoot genus, a grain crop grown primarily for its edible seeds.
Location: Quinoa was first discovered around Lake Titicaca in Peru and Bolivia. However it is now cultivated all over the world, mainly in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina and North America.
Beauty Benefits: Quinoa is a perfect haircare ingredient as it contains around 15% of proteins, making it one of the most protein-rich grains in the world. The hydrolyzed protein extracted from quinoa acts as a natural coating on the hair, protecting and nourishing the hair follicles and sealing split ends.
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